AWAI Success Stories

Looking for a little inspiration? Read some of our most recent success stories below.

And if you want to meet some of the AWAI Members who are now living the writer’s life thanks to their hard work and dedicated persistence, be sure and read our case studies.

Living the Writer's Life: Melissa Gouty

Melissa Gouty launched her copywriting career with a bang in 2019, winning three spec awards at AWAI’s annual Bootcamp. Since then, she’s been working hard to build up her writing portfolio and connect with more clients. For Melissa, writing isn’t just a pathway to money; writing is part of who she is.

Living the Writer's Life: Eddie Stephens

Eddie’s story is similar to many other Barefoot Writers, where he discovered freelance writing while in need of a new career and never looked back. But what he did soon after starting is a path too many writers waver on: choosing a niche and staying the course. Not only has Eddie stayed focused on a specific niche, he now has regular clients hailing from all over the world. Read on to find out how he got there.

Living The Writer's Life: Donna Kaluzniak

Donna Kaluzniak is the ideal example of someone who found the perfect niche and went after it. Once she decided to be a writer, she looked at her work experience… and thankfully hit on a topic she enjoys. Not only that, but it’s a highly-specialized field. She’s now making the most of being an elite, go-to writer in this niche. Plus, she’s a terrific, positive example of someone in command of her writing business — and her life. Go, Donna!

Living The Writer's Life: Bob Sands

“Momentum is much easier to steer than it is to start.” That quote from Bob Sands does a fine job summing up his go-after-it attitude. He’s one of those gems of writers whose career is flying forward at warp speed, though he remains cheerfully approachable and down-to-earth. If ever there was a new writer to learn from, he’s the one. Enjoy his story …

Living The Writer's Life: Danielle Vick

Danielle Vick took account of her priorities a few years ago and realized Barefoot Writing was the key to keeping them in line. It’s how she permanently left a job she hated, pursued a hobby she always loved, gained the time and money to travel freely, and kept her first priority — her family — number one in life.

Living the Writer’s Life: Brandi Chaney

Brandi Chaney’s story is a terrific study in the versatility of the freelance-writing world. She’s worked in a variety of niches but never felt tied to any specific field, thanks to the wealth of writing opportunities in every industry. Enjoy Brandi’s story …

Living The Writer's Life: Apryl Parcher

From writer to speaker to trainer and now book author, Apryl Parcher is forging through the channels of communication and finding nothing but success. Enjoy her unique insight on getting started, as well as tips on how to use social media to advance your career even before you make a name for yourself.

Living the Writer’s Life: Christopher Dean

Christopher Dean received a tip from a friend that opened the entire world of writing for him, and he’s made the most of it ever since. Find out how he escaped the daily slog of retail employment and replaced it with contentment and a relaxed lifestyle.

Living The Writer's Life: Jason Gaspero

“Incredible” is the single word that comes to mind when you read Jason Gaspero’s account of life as a Barefoot Writer. It’s beyond dream-worthy, since all he does month-in and month-out is travel to far-off, exotic destinations and write about his experiences — and makes a great living because of it. Plus, he enjoys a lifetime worth of adventure on a weekly basis (fried scorpion, anybody?). If you’ve ever entertained a fancy for travel writing, you’re going to love Jason’s story.

Living The Writer's Life: Jan Marie Mueller

If you’re ready for an upbeat example of how to pursue life as a professional writer — and how to do it across international borders — then you’ll love Jan Marie’s story. Not only has she embraced writing opportunities as a way to reach out professionally and grow her existing business, she’s done it in a way that brings her terrific daily satisfaction. Pay particular attention to her on-target advice for new writers.

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